Category: Dunwoody Reporter

20 Sandy Springs houses would be demolished for GDOT toll lanes project, residents say

Twenty houses on a Sandy Springs street would be demolished for the Ga. 400 toll lanes project, residents say they were told by the Georgia Department of Transportation in a private meeting. Four of those homeowners, most of whom did not want to be named, spoke with the Reporter and said they felt the process has been too secretive and that they should have been contacted earlier. They said 19 of the targeted houses are on Northgreen Drive and one is Spalding Drive. “We feel extremely anxious that we’re certainly going to get the short end of the stick,”...

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Construction on Perimeter Mall commuter trail set to begin in 2020

The commuter trail along Ashford-Dunwoody Road in front of Perimeter Mall planned for nearly a decade is set to begin construction next year using revenue from the city’s recently raised hotel-motel tax. Once building begins, the multiuse trail is slated to be finished in about nine months. The Dunwoody City Council approved Feb. 11 spending up to $125,000 from the hotel-motel tax reserve to complete the design for the first phase of the Ashford-Dunwoody commuter trail in front of Perimeter Mall. There is approximately $800,000 in the bank from hotel-motel taxes to pay for such projects, according to city...

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Dunwoody awards 2019 paving contract

The Dunwoody City Council recently approved a $3.235 million contract to pave 47 streets totaling slightly more than 18 lane miles as part of the 2019 paving program. The council last month unanimously approved extending its contract with Blount Construction Company for the $3.23 million, which includes $427,000 in Georgia Department of Transportation funds. Last year, the city approved an $8.3 million contract with Blount for three years of paving as a way to save money. By locking in rates last year, the city saved on the total three-year costs as demand and costs for paving continue to increase,...

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Dunwoody Citizens’ Police Academy accepting applications

The Dunwoody Police Department is accepting applications from Dunwoody residents and business owners to participate in the Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy begins Feb. 26 and will run for 10 weeks, with a break during DeKalb County Schools spring break. Email Community Outreach Officer Anwar Sillah at anwar.sillah@dunwoodyga.gov for an application or for more information. All classes will be held at the Dunwoody Police Department, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, and begin at 6 p.m. and last until approximately 9 p.m. Topics to be covered include narcotics, gangs, criminal investigations and emergency responses. The program is open to those 21 years of...

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Dunwoody Police host ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on Feb. 25

Residents are invited to meet and speak with Dunwoody Police officers at the “Coffee with a Cop” event on Monday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Chick-fil-A at the Perimeter at Hammond Drive Location, 4350 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. “Coffee with a Cop” is nationally recognized program created for citizens to meet with local law enforcement for one-on-one conversations, according to a press release. Residents are able to speak to officers, ask questions and voice concerns, the release states. Free coffee will be available from Chick-fil-A for those attending. For more information, contact Officer Anwar Sillahs at 678-382-6933...

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DeKalb trash pickup revised for Presidents Day

DeKalb County will not be running garbage pickup on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. The schedule for pickup of garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings will run one day late for all customers. The revised collection schedule is: Monday, Feb. 18 – Presidents Day observed. No sanitation collection service. Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Monday, Feb. 18, will be serviced on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, Feb. 19, will be serviced on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Thursday, Feb. 21...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 25

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Feb. 15-18, eastbound and westbound at Ga. 400 closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Abernathy Road lane closures Feb. 22-24, eastbound and westbound between Glenlake Parkway and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, one right lane, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 21-22 and 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5...

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Dunwoody code violations can now be reported online

Dunwoody residents can now report potential code violations to city officials by logging onto a new website or by using an app on their cell phone or tablet. The new system, called “iWorQ,” allows residents to report violations and to also monitor them by visiting www.dunwoodyga.gov/codeviolation or downloading the mobile app “iWorQ Service Request” and using the Agency Code of Dunwoody. Users will be prompted to create a login using their email address or they can log in using their Facebook or Google account. Residents are then asked to enter an address or description of the location where they...

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State commission recognizes Dunwoody with ‘Tree City USA’ title

The city of Dunwoody will honor Arbor Day with a ceremonial tree planting on Friday, Feb. 15. Members of the City Council, Trees Atlanta, Parks & Recreation staff and the city’s Sustainability Committee will participate in the planting at 10 a.m. at the baseball fields at Brook Run Park, 4635 Barclay Drive. The tree planting follows the city’s recent designation by the Georgia Forestry Commission as a “Tree City USA” as part of its annual Arbor Day celebration held last week in Duluth. Dunwoody was one of 20 cities in the state to receive the Tree City USA honor....

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Wright’s sandwich shop, a Dunwoody icon, abruptly closes

The owners of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody announced Feb. 12 the restaurant had immediately closed, shocking a community where the restaurant had been an institution for more than 30 years. Matt Wright, manager and member of the family that owns the restaurant, posted a farewell message on Facebook, but did not explain the reason for the abrupt closure. The landlord of the restaurant’s location at Shops of Dunwoody at 5482 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road said he was surprised by the announcement, but later said Wright told him declining sales led to the decision. A simple “closed” sign was posted...

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Dunwoody Police crime reports, Jan. 6-Feb. 10

From Dunwoody Police reports dated Jan. 6 through Feb. 10. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website. Larceny/Shoplifting/Theft 1200 block of Madison Drive — On Jan. 6, at night, parts were stolen from a car. 9200 block of Madison Drive — On Jan. 7, after midnight, a larceny was reported from a building. 1100 block of Hammond Drive — On Jan. 7, in the morning, a larceny from a building was reported. 1400 block of Vernon Ridge Court — On Jan. 7, in the afternoon, a larceny was reported. 4500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan....

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At anti-Semitic bullying forum, expert panel offers advice, urges reporting

Over 100 parents, students and teachers attended a Feb. 10 forum on anti-Semitic bullying to question an expert panel put together days after a swastika was painted on a Roswell high school, rattling the north metro Jewish community. Local school officials said at the Sandy Springs event they have “strict” punishments and protocols for bullying and harassment and encouraged students to report it immediately. And a state representative said he is hopeful this legislative session will bring the passage of a hate crimes bill that could help reduce such incidents. “Anytime something comes up, you need to say something,”...

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